Pride month marks the anniversary of the famous Stonewall riots in America. Whilst many marches take place across the year in the UK, pride month is a month for celebration, remembrance and showing pride. Whilst the UK has come far in the civil rights movements for LGBTQ+ people, many countries around the world lag behind – with some pride merchandise still being made in these countries.  

Before you rush to buy new pride merch to proudly show your colours, we’ve pulled together some tips and tricks for ways to enjoy pride month in a way that’s better for the planet, sourced responsibly, and better for your bank account.

1) Go digital

As more and more of our world moves online, it’s an easy win to add a splash of colour to your profiles. Use zoom virtual backgrounds to place yourself at the heart of last year’s pride march, change your phone background and update your banners or profile pictures on social media with a filter. Reshare your photos from last year and spend time going through memories with your friends online. The virtual possibilities are endless and of course, it’s completely free.   

2) Reuse your rainbows

Remember your first Pride? Don't leave your rainbows gathering dust in the closet, dig them out, show them some love, and give them a new lease of life. It’s super easy to make simple repairs at home, and looks can be changed or modified easily by changing accessories or making some easy modifications. Take some time to dig into the back of your wardrobe and rediscover what you already have.  

3) Natural glitter and face paint

We’re still finding glitter in places from last we understand that it can be considered a staple for any pride look. However, many glitters are made from plastics which can have a devastating impact on our environment, ending up in our oceans as microplastics. No need to be salty, you can make homemade glitter with just salt and food colouring to create a natural and biodegradable sparkleMore into facepaint? You can make your own using cornflour, food dye, and moisturiser – who knew?  

4) Knots and knits 

Pin on Friendship bracelets

These friendship bracelets are an easy win to add a statement and splash of colour to your outfit for the whole month. You can make them in minutes and all you need is some coloured thread. Experiment with the different colours of the pride flags andon’t just stick to your wrists, tie them on ankles, bags, and share them with all your friends as gifts!

Can do those knots with your eyes closed? Why not test your knitting skills? Possibly not what your mind goes to when thinking of pride, but knitting is very quick to learn and can be used create your own very unique pride merch. From a coffee-cup cosy to a headband – knitting knows no bounds, why not gather some friends over a video call and get your knitting needles clacking?

5) 'Try' dye 

No need to buy a new T-shirt every year, and never need to worry about showing up in the same outfit! Try printing on an old t shirt to customise it. You can use fabric paint (or some people swear by using acrylic mixed with a medium such as liquidex) to add colours to your old clothes. Use a brush or even your hands to add different patterns to the shirt. Alternatively, you could experiment with tye-dye to go even bolder. Voila – a one of a kind sustainable pride outfit made from something you already owned.    

Hardcore, want more?  

Now that your outfits are sorted for this month, check out our tips for rediscovering and restyling your wardrobe for the rest of the year